2004 | Germany, Argentina, Chile, United States, Peru, United Kingdom | Color | 79 min.
In The Motorcycle Diaries, director Walter Salles infuses a modern myth with humanity and dimension. Adapted from the journals of Ernesto “Che” Guevara, this lush, stirring feature depicts that episode in the life of the author when, as a young medical student, he embarked with his friend Dr. Alberto Granado on a cross-country adventure, traversing much of South America and witnessing both great beauty and great suffering. A romantic and a free spirit, but not yet the revolutionary figure later revered and reviled by countless millions, Guevara gamely embarks on a joy ride, only then to be profoundly affected by the human misery and injustice which he encounters. Effectively, he is offered a journey into his own soul, where great questions and sacrifices await him, and a great future beckons. Gael García Bernal and Rodrigo de la Serna grace this story with monumental, yet delicately human portrayals as Guevara and Granado, and Salles offers a deeply moving portrait of a conscience at the start of its great blossoming.
Direction: Salles, Walter
Script: Rivera, José
Country: Germany, Argentina, Chile, United States, Peru, United Kingdom
Production: Nozik, Michael | Tenembaum, Edgard | Tenkhoff, Karen
Production Company: Film Four | South Fork Pictures | Tu Vas Voir Productions
Photography: Gautier A.F.C., Eric
Edition: Rezende, Daniel
Sound: Brisson, Jean-Claude | Cooper, Colin | Gaeta, Frank | Giraudi, Patrick | Gleaves, Peter | Scott, Lee | Tendler, Víctor Alejandro
Music: Santaolalla, Gustavo
Cast: Azócar, Jaime | Bertolotto, Sofía | Chiarella, Jorge | de la Serna, Rodrigo | Dumont, Ulises | Espinoza, Facundo | García Bernal, Gael | Lanteri, Susana | Maestro, Mía | Morán, Mercedes | Noher, Jean Pierre | Pasto, Gustavo
Art Direction: Conti, Carlos | Ott, Lauren
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Films by the same director presented at FICM:
Paris, je t´aime (2006)